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Dani Hummel-Sass : Doula Alumni

posted Nov 19, 2015, 10:50 AM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated May 15, 2016, 1:42 PM ]
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riginally from the East Coast, I am a student midwife and doula living in San Francisco’s Richmond District with my partner and our two and a half year old daughter. I took the long and winding road to birth work and midwifery‐‐by way of biology, classical voice performance, interior design and architectural history. Obviously midwifery was my next step, right?

I was awakened to birth work and midwifery when we were pregnant; I realized that women needed more choices at this incredible juncture in their lives. I am studying midwifery at the National Midwifery Institute and have had eight months of apprenticeship with a birth center/home birth practice. During this apprenticeship I participated as midwife's apprentice in home and birth center births and attended hospital births (both vaginal and cesarean section) with the patient to act as representative of the midwife and liaison for the patient. Currently, I decided to focus on my academic requirements for school rather than an apprenticeship, so I continue my course work while I work as a doula with the amazing team at Whatadoula.

I have experience working with teen moms, an underserved and amazingly deserving population that I hope to continue working with throughout my professional career. As a member of the LGBTQ community here in the Bay Area, I also have experience with alternative methods of conception and alternative family constellations. My most firm belief is that families should be able to birth how, where and when they want to and that a doula should support and trust the decisions of the family.

Dani continues to work towards her goal of becoming a midwife while living in Ohio with her wife and their two children.
Image Credit: Rachel Hummel‐Sass